Bringing Business Home

Bringing Business Home

Announcing 2011 theme – Bringing Business Home.

Montana Silversmiths is championing the cause, along with other key participants and sponsors to build Special K Ranch a new building. With the new space, they’ll be able to generate new economic opportunities including making Montana Silversmiths’  signature blue boxes in light manufacturing to complement their agriculture and horticulture businesses.


Thanks to your help and support – a new building is built, and new jobs are made!


Breaking New Ground

Breaking New Ground

Champions for a Cause reached a significant milestone last Thursday in the Bringing Business Home initiative when Special K Ranch broke ground for construction on their new light manufacturing facility.  Montana Silversmiths currently employs Special K Ranch residents for assistance with packaging.  The new 60 by 64 foot building offers a larger, more efficient dedicated space for this specialized work.

Montana Silversmiths executive and management personnel attended the ceremony along with other community supporters of Special K Ranch.   Special K Ranch residents participated in the ceremony while Kevin Johnson, Vice President of Operations at Montana Silversmiths took the first shovel.

“We are proud and excited to take this next actionable step as a result of contributors’ support of the Bringing Business Home initiative,” says George Branca, Montana Silversmiths interim CEO. “Because of these generous donations, people’s lives are changed for the better.”

Montana Silversmiths started Champions for a Cause in 2011 as a not-for-profit organization to support groups and projects working to improve local economies.  Champions for a Cause selected Special K Ranch as its first project.  Through a series of fund-raising activities over a 5 day period, $60,000 was raised towards the light manufacturing facility which increases the job capacity at Special K Ranch.


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Montana Silversmiths Champions for a Cause Grants $60,000 Towards Ongoing Special K Ranch Building Fundraiser

Through our recent Champions for a Cause Bringing Business Home initiative, Montana Silversmiths will present a $60,000 check to Special K Ranch as an initial contribution towards its ongoing $75,000 fundraising goal to help build a light manufacturing facility, which will offer ranch residents revenue generating opportunities.

“We’re very excited to have had this opportunity to collaborate our fund raising efforts not only with our own local and regional residents and businesses for this new manufacturing facility,” says Rick Ruebusch, CEO of Montana Silversmiths. “But the outpouring support nationwide to help us promote Champions for a Cause was more than we could have hoped.”

Ruebusch says recent events proved to him and Montana Silversmiths as a company that as part of its corporate citizenship responsibilities, it’s time to give back to the local community and bring jobs back to Montana and the United States.

As a working ranch and horticulture operation, Special K provides family-oriented Christian homes for adults, who have developmental disabilities, so they can live, learn and work with loving and caring advisers, who are committed to sharing their lives in this special way.

While the construction of the new production facility will begin later this year, Mike Oberg, Special K Ranch program director says many of the residents will have an opportunity to start their vocational training and set up work stations in the new multi-use home and, in the interim, begin manufacturing the iconic Montana Silversmiths signature blue boxes.

“We are grateful not only to Montana Silversmiths as a local, yet global company, for bringing the insight of this partnership into fruition,” says Oberg, “but we’re equally as excited to see what possibilities and solutions this brings for other like-minded companies to do the same in their own communities.”


Champions for a Cause Youth Rodeo Program

Montana Silversmiths cares about our youth growing up in the western way of life. Supporting rodeo in our community helps bring that opportunity to both young and young at heart. With that goal in mind, we’re proud to host the first Champions for a Cause Youth Rodeo prior to the MontanaFair Yellowstone River Roundup PRCA Rodeo at MetraPark on Aug. 20 from 1-3 p.m. Hosted by Montana Silversmiths, the MontanaFair Yellowstone River Roundup PRCA Rodeo at MetraPark runs Aug. 18-20 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Champions for a Cause initiative focuses on “Bringing Business Home” and raising money for a new manufacturing facility at the Special K Ranch near its headquarters in Columbus with other events through Aug. 18-20.

More than 60 contestants, ages 7-18, and their families will be at MetraPark Saturday, Aug. 20, from 1-3 p.m. to compete for Montana Silversmiths prizes.  We partnered with two local rodeo associations in Billings – Tomorrow’s Rodeo Champions and Young Riders Series – who will qualify their youth members and select the top six from each association in each of the five events to compete at the youth rodeo.

Events include: Barrel Racing, Flag Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, and Breakaway Roping.  Join us for exciting rodeo action complete with Professional Rodeo Announcer Jody Carper; country music and RFD-TV star, Susie Dobbs, who will sing the National Anthem; and Grand Entry and Parade of Flags with Miss Rodeo Montana, Lorissa Harris; and special guests from Special K Ranch.

Fairgoers can support the fundraising efforts by shopping the silent auction items and by attending the Yellowstone River Roundup PRCA Rodeo, as $1 from every ticket sold at the rodeo goes to the Special K Ranch. Events on Saturday conclude with a Rodeo After-Party with country entertainer, Susie Dobbs, who also is the executive producer and co-host of Beyond Rodeo on RFD-TV with Hadley Barrett. Admission into the Youth Rodeo is free; however, donations to support the Special K Ranch building initiative are encouraged.


Golf Tournament offers a tempting prize!


Here are the pictures of the “hole in one” prize from Columbus’s own Platinum Chevrolet.

2011 1500 LTZ  Chevrolet Crew Cab 4 x4

The lucky “hole in one winner” will get to drive this vehicle under a two year lease.

(No professionals are admitted into our tournament.)


Thanks, Breakfast Flakes!

A big Champion “THANKS” going out to Breakfast Flakes at Cat Country 102.9 for mentioning our Champions for a Cause events on their E-mail Segment this morning!

The attached PSA went out to local/regional radio and tv broadcasters last night, so they would have them to start airing today.

Champions for a Cause
2011—Bringing Business Home

What is Champions for a Cause and the “Bringing Business Home” Initiative?
Montana Silversmiths® and Special K Ranch are working together to Bring Business Home with fundraising events August 18, 19, & 20. The goal is to raise $75,000 towards a light manufacturing facility that will offer residents of Special K Ranch revenue generating opportunities. For more information on how you can help the “Bringing Business Home” initiative, visit or call 406-322-6036

Champions for a Cause is a non-profit initiative started by Montana Silversmiths to better serve our community and state.  2011 marks the first year that Montana Silversmiths will select a local non-profit partner and create a campaign to serve the needs of our community and local economy.  With a new building especially designed for production work, Special K Ranch will be able to generate new economic opportunities, such as making Montana Silversmiths’ signature blue boxes, to complement their agriculture and horticulture businesses. Special K Ranch and this building project will represent the first of its kind.

Each year, Montana Silversmiths will identify and put forth a non-profit partnership to benefit the community. All Champions for a Cause proceeds will benefit Special K Ranch! Each night of the MontanaFair Yellowstone River Round-Up Rodeo at MetraPark, a $1 of each ticket will be donated to Champions for a Cause.



Surprise visit from John Wayne Schultz

It was so exciting to get a visit from John Wayne Schultz! Sadly, he won’t be in town for the Champions events in August, but he treated us to a performance while he was here and allowed us to share with you!